The Backgrounds of Ulysses by Ellmann, Richard

The Backgrounds of Ulysses

Ellmann, Richard

After his Yeats’ biography (published 1948), Ellmann begins putting the foundations in place for his Joyce (published 1959) and analyses the author’s gleaning process for Ulysses, “His [Joyce] work is ‘history fabled’, not only in Portrait but in Ulysses and his other writings as well. He was never a creator ex nihilo, he put together what he remembered and he remembered most of what he had seen or had heard other people remember. The latter category was, in a city given over to anecdote, a large one. His art, as the following pages attempt to demonstrate, was a continual transposition and re-composition of known materials.”, 50pp; inscribed by the author - 'with admiration for his book' - to Herbert Gorman, the first biographer of Joyce; B2 acknowledges B1.



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Publisher: The Kenyon Review 1954
Offprint. Printed wrappers, stapled. Sunned a little around edges, else fine.

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